Kayla Vega hoped an inaugural event to honor a slain officer and raise money for scholarships would be the first of many.
After the success of Saturday’s Officer Jordan Sheldon Family Fun Day, she said, her hope is a reality and it might even be more frequent than once a year.
The feedback for the Family Fun Day in honor of Sheldon, a K9 officer shot and killed during a May traffic stop, was so positive that the next event might be sooner than next year, Vega said.
“Due to so many people telling me they want to be involved in the next family fun day, I would like to host this event semi-annually,” Vega said. “I originally planned to do this once a year, but I would like to offer this scholarship to cadets who will be enrolling for college in the fall and spring.”
The event brought the community together to help enhance the lives of future police cadets.
It drew a huge crowd for a mostly-sunny event. A late afternoon thunderstorm that rolled through the area just as the ceremony was set to start didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.
“There were a lot of people in attendance. At least a thousand, if not more,” Vega said. “The event was awesome. It was a bigger turn out than I anticipated.”
The event came to life after Vega wrote “Home” for the community in the wake of losing Sheldon. Another benefit concert at the Beer Lab formed the idea, she said. After that concert, Vega said, she knew she had to do more.
“Once I got in touch with Jordan’s brother Carson, who gave me his blessing to go full throttle with this event, more ideas started pouring in and that’s when I decided that I should host a family fun day,” Vega said.
The Family Fun Day included food trucks, vendors, a bounce house, juggler, a petting zoo, face painting, live music and more.
The goal is to raise $10,000 for incoming police cadets at Mitchell Community College in honor of Officer Sheldon, Vega stated.
On Saturday, the family fun day was just the beginning of reaching this goal.
“I raised $4,000 from raffles thanks to the generosity of local businesses,” Vega said. “The money will help defray costs for books, material and training. The Officer Jordan H. Sheldon Memorial Scholarship will be a blessing for a lot of men and women.”
Vega is excited to start planning the next family fun day and hopes to make it bigger and better to continue to honor Sheldon’s legacy.
Until the next event, folks can still donate to the scholarship.
“On July 6, from 5-8:30 p.m., I will be singing at the food truck festival inside of Richard’s Coffee Shop in downtown Mooresville. I will be collecting donations that night for the scholarship fund,” Vega said.
For all who would like to donate to the cause but cannot make it to the event there is also a PayPal link on Kayla Vega’s website and Facebook, she said.